After 4 months work I turned in the completed salt shaker project today! I'm really happy with the way things turned out.
To give you an overview, the project is designed as a collection of curious items designed to generate stories. Everything is packaged in a snug little non-descript box designed to look like a sealed filing container of dead letters from something called the "Lampson Atmospheric Post". On the front are the regulations governing the "dead letter office". Here's the box in its natural habitat.
Inside the box, you will find a hand-written note from an Atmospheric Postal Clerk explaining that the box contains strange undeliverable letters collected over the years from an old pneumatic mail system. The letters, 40 some in all, include 14 "interesting" pictures, and several dozen strange words and phrases.
Although I invented a few of the words on the word cards, most are real English words that have gone out of usage. Things like widdershins, rag and bone man, and loblolly boy. Each is written out in hand lettering. Rather than defining each word, they are accompanied by a short passage of text or a poem that relates to the meaning.
If you've been following the blog, I've been posting media studies for many of the illustrations. The final versions are pencil renderings with watercolor washes. Here are a few of my favorites in their final versions:
Snail statues at the library:
A curious mugshot:
A picture of the kids:
Aftermath of the forest fire:
Some post-it notes:
The old town lighthouse:
Some fallen leaves:
Reading the newspaper with a friend:
And a field of wheat:
The back of each card is an official Atmospheric Post letter complete with postage stamp, cancelation, and processing stamps. Each of the 40 or so backs is unique: